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Weingarten and Other Sorrows: What to Do When Your Witness Requests Representation
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Rescheduled to October 15, 2014 1 to 2 pm PDT (20:00 to 21:00 UTC) Live & Recorded Webinar

Presented by Robert Bonsall, Lisa Ryan & Debra Hinshaw Vierra
1 Hour California MCLE Approved for Live & Recorded Webinar (Other Jurisdictions ); 1 Hour HRCI Approved for Live Webinar

This webinar will explore issues that arise in investigations involving employees that request or are entitled to representation. Questions addressed will include: When are employees legally entitled to representation? Is it advisable to ever deny it?  What about witnesses who want a representative  present?  Are the obligations and considerations different in unionized and non-unionized environments?  What is the role of the representative?  Can the representative  be required or expected to keep the matter confidential?  What if the same person or organization  represents multiple parties or witnesses?  How can confidentiality be ensured in those situations?

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Robert Bonsall

Robert Bonsall

Robert Bonsall is a shareholder in Beeson Tayer & Bodine, APC. Since the firm’s founding in the 1930’s, the prime focus of its practice has been the representation of Unions in the public and private sectors. Mr. Bonsall regularly deals with any and all issues confronting labor unions, including labor arbitration, contract negotiations and enforcement, organizing, picketing, strike-related issues, elections and unfair labor practice proceedings before administrative agencies and in the courts. He also routinely addresses various matters pertaining to Union internal governance and administration, including issues concerning dues (and the agency fee payer requirements of the Supreme Court’s Beck and Hudson cases), Landrum-Griffin obligations, and Department of Labor regulation of Unions. In addition, Mr. Bonsall has had extensive experience as a neutral offering interest-based training and contract facilitation to assist both labor and management negotiators to utilize alternative bargaining techniques, skills and strategies designed to maximize the parties' success at the bargaining table, while preserving and building long-term relationships and partnerships between labor and management representatives.

Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan, a partner in the Sacramento office of Cook Brown, provides counsel to public and private sector employers on labor relations, workplace policies, pay practices, leave laws, and internal investigations. She has defended her clients in a variety of government administrative hearings and in arbitration. Ms. Ryan also represents employers in litigation involving harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination in the workplace as well as wage and hour class actions. Her representative experience includes obtaining defense verdicts in discrimination and harassment cases and representing state agencies in complex matters of first impression. Ms. Ryan has published several articles related to the areas of new employment laws impacting California employers, including legislative updates and case law overviews. Prior to Cook Brown, she worked in the State Legislature and for the California Trade and Commerce Agency.

Debra Hinshaw Vierra

Debra Hinshaw Vierra

Debra Hinshaw Vierra has practiced employment law for more than 20 years. She is a founding partner at Employment Law Counsel, LLP and also is of counsel to Cook Brown, LLP. Ms. Hinshaw Vierra has represented employers in collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations, employment discrimination and harassment proceedings and advised employers on all aspects of labor and employment law matters, stressing preventative measures to avoid liability. Since founding ELC, Ms. Hinshaw Vierra has concentrated primarily on conducting workplace investigations. Ms. Hinshaw Vierra's legal background results in thorough investigations and sound conclusions supported by the evidence. Ms. Hinshaw Vierra provides workplace training for both managerial and nonmanagerial staff and has lectured and authored numerous articles on employment law.